The Gateway of India-Mumbai:What to know before your visit?

The Gateway of India-Mumbai:What to know before your visit?

Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

All the Mumbaikars are familiar with the grand gateway of India, but how many of us actually know about its importance, why it was erected and the stories behind it?

Well now, you can know that The Gateway of India is an arch-monument built in the 20th century. According to google, it was erected to commemorate the landing of King emperor George V and Queen empress Mary in Apollo Bandar in the city of Mumbai. Its construction had started on 31st March 1913. The man behind the planning that is the architect was George Wittet. 
Well after visiting the Gateway you can also spend your day going to the Elephanta caves. However I strongly feel that you should spend your day shopping in Mumbai or going to the Marine drive or Mumbais beaches instead as there is nothing much to see in the Elephanta caves. Most of the place is mushy covered with moss and fungi. The caves are also just remnants of what the Portuguese left behind. There is nothing much to see apart from the artifacts that the shopkeepers sell (which I believe are imported from Agra). The Elephanta caves are on small islands situated in the middle of the sea. So, if you really want to give the caves a visit, you have to take a ferry or a speedboat from the Gateway which takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. However the private speedboat can  cost you a lot more than the public ferry. The visiting hours for the caves are between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The distance between Marine drive and Gateway is 18 minutes maximum which is approximately 5 kms. Once you reach the marine lines you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and if you go towards the northern end you can find the Chowpatty beach which is famous for its street food and bazaars. The best time to visit marine lines is in the morning between 5 am to 8 am. After that you can visit the Gymkhana which is a 5 minute walk from your destination. 

Where to stay?

You can stay at any of the 10 best recommended hotels by tripadvisor near the Gateway of India.
the link is mentioned below:-

Apart from the places mentioned there is much to see in this city of dreams (Mumbai). You can always ask the staff at the hotel to suggest you some famous places to eat and travel. They would be glad to help you get familiar with the city. Everyone knows that when you are in Mumbai do not miss the street food and the legendary "vada pav". However take care that you eat at some hygienic places that are well known and do not be careless by eating uncovered food. Take care folks and stay happy and healthy! 

Hope you find this information useful enough to make your way through the enormous city of dreams. If you have any queries regarding the place feel free to ask in the comment section.


  1. Very informative . All the best and would like to read more such travel blogs.

  2. Very true of Mumbai and the places that you have written about.
    Elephanta caves is still a choice to visit especially when you are interested in archaeology but one must be early to reach there and leave when the Sun is about to set in


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